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I just saw an answer to a question, do healthcare providers really do oral swabs/tests for herpes these days ? I thought they were unreliable

I just saw an answer to a question, do healthcare providers really do oral swabs/tests for herpes these days ? I thought they were unreliable

Testing's hard: Neither the bloodwork nor swabs for cells / viral cultures are 100% reliable. The same is true of most labs. The real question is, "who should be treated, with what, and when?" it's often a judgement call for the physician, with the patient participating as well. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Im9 weeks pregnant had herpes before conception should I go through any tests ? Does herpes affect the child had herpes zoster just 6 to 8 blisters

Im9 weeks pregnant had herpes before conception should I go through any tests ? Does herpes affect the child had herpes zoster just 6 to 8 blisters

Confusing question: Herpes zoster is a reactivation of chickenpox on superficial skin and provides no direct risk to the fetus. If you never had genital herpes (herpes simplex), your baby is not at risk. Discuss this with your ob. Even moms who have had prior genital herpes can have healthy babies if your OB is aware of it and plans accordingly. ...Read more

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Outbreak of bumps on my inner thigh i went to an STD specialist & got tests for herpes all was clear. 1 yr later did tests again clear. Bump returned?

Outbreak of bumps on my inner thigh i went to an STD specialist & got tests for herpes all was clear. 1 yr later did tests again clear. Bump returned?

Molluscum?: Bumps on the inner thighs may be caused by a virus called molluscum contagiosum. It's not considered a true std but is passed during skin to skin contact. Interestingly, it's often seen in wrestlers. It's harmless and the bumps usually fall off on their own over time. But it may also be treated by freezing. The virus can be harmful in people who are immunesuppressed for any reason. ...Read more

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How accurate are the herpes tests?

How accurate are the herpes tests?

Depends on the test: So we have a couple of tests.One is a polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) for herpes that we get when we scrap the lesion.Another test is a blood test that detects the body's antibody response to an infection by the Herpes Virus.Regarding the PCR test it is very accurate but it depends on getting a good DNA sample from the scraping.The blood test depends on the antibody response time. DNA better. ...Read more

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How accurate are type specific herpes tests?

How accurate are type specific herpes tests?

Very: A positive HSV I and/or HSV II antibody titer is diagnostic for prior exposure to that specific virus. While nothing is always100% it is unlikely that antibody titers for these 2 viruses would be misleading. ...Read more

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Do I need Herpes tests? Never had any symptoms. Thank you.

Do I need Herpes tests? Never had any symptoms. Thank you.

Usually not, but...: Perhaps you have a special reason to get a herpes test. If one's doctor feels a test is needed, one can get a herpes blood test that differentiates between Herpes 1 and 2. Sometimes people get a herpes test if they are marrying a person who already has herpes. The uninfected person is usually trying to figure out how to avoid catching genital herpes. ...Read more

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How accurate are type specific herpes tests? what are my chances of false negatives?

How accurate are type specific herpes tests? what are my chances of false negatives?

PCR is the best test: Serologic blood tests for antibodies can differentiate HSV-1 from HSV-2. However, if this is a recent infection it may take several weeks for serology to be (+) for HSV. Culture of the lesions will usually be (+) if you have a blister or ulceration due to HSV, but can give false negative results. Polymerase chain reaction(PCR) tests for HSV DNA and is much more sensitive(few false negatives) ...Read more

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How accurate are home herpes tests? (it is a blood test) are they just as accurate?

How accurate are home herpes tests? (it is a blood test) are they just as accurate?

Why do you ask?: Even the antibody tests from big labs are not altogether sensitive or specific. Many folks have the antibodies but no lesions so probably cannot infect others. ...Read more

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Are IgG blood tests accurate for herpes? If they are and it's not herpes my bf and i had than what could it of been?

Are IgG blood tests accurate for herpes? If they are and it's not herpes my bf and i had than what could it of been?

Herpes Testing: Igg testing is the common way viral infections are tested for. These tests are in general very accurate, except early in an infection. A mature (ogg) antibody can take three to six months to reach maturity. Without seeing or knowing more about what 'you and your boyfriend' had i cannot answer the second part of your question. ...Read more

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What are some of the tests for Genital herpes?

What are some of the tests for Genital herpes?

The tests for Genital herpes include:: Viral culture, Herpes culture, Herpes simplex 1 and 2 IgG and IgM, Herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 DNA, HSV 1 and 2 type specific antibodies, HSV antigen detection dfa. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test which tests for genital herpes? Im pregnant and need to know.

Is there a blood test which tests for genital herpes? Im pregnant and need to know.

May be: A blood test will reveal if you have been exposed to the virus but will not tell if you have active genital infection. Examination by a gynecologist and examination of the cells/tissues may be needed for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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I just recently had bacterial vaginosis how does one get that? Also I have painful red bumps that come and go but herpes tests are negative?

I just recently had bacterial vaginosis how does one get that? Also I have painful red bumps that come and go but herpes tests are negative?

Abnormal bacteria: Bv is a result of abnormal growth of a bacteria that is normally present in lower concentrations in the vagina. It is associated with increased sexual partners (but its not a std!), steroid use, etc. Painful red bumps can be many things. See your ob-gyn to get it evaluated. ...Read more

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I had a urologist initially diagnose balanitis. Now says herpes after foreskin got worse. 2 blood tests say no herpes. Anti virals & fungal no effect?

I  had a urologist initially diagnose balanitis. Now says herpes after foreskin got worse. 2 blood tests say no herpes. Anti virals & fungal no effect?

Foreskin infection: hello TG, it sounds like you've been 2 incorrect diagnoses so I think you have earned a RT visit to a doc do this can be seen face to face and evaluated more extensively. Thanks ...Read more

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Std tests or genital herpes. If I had to pick one which should it be?

Unclear question: Genital herpes is one of the stds. There is nothing you choose between these. If you are concerned about std, see your doctor for an examination and blood and urine tests, and may be pap smear, if warranted. ...Read more

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Never had a cold sore.Get ulcers inside mucous membrane mouth nasal vag. Only. Was diagnosed with herpes.How? Neg. Herpes tests. Help!

Never had a cold sore.Get ulcers inside mucous membrane mouth nasal vag. Only. Was diagnosed with herpes.How? Neg. Herpes tests. Help!

Other causes: A much rarer cause for sores in your mucous membranes is behcets disease - worth discussing with your primary care doc. You can't tell a patient they have herpes if the test is negative. Check with your pcp and your obgyn good luck. ...Read more